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ANS, APHEX TWIN, AVANTO FESTIVAL, BAD SECTOR, JOHN CAGE, CORNELIUS, DAT POLITICS, DE FABRIEK, DEADUSHKI, EU, FAUST, FENNESZ, FIZZARUM, LAURENT GARNIER, MATHIAS GMACHL, GRAND VINIOLLES, RICHIE HAWTIN, HECKER, RYOJI IKEDA, INQUISITORUM, ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY, CEVIN KEY, KK NULL, KLUTCH, LES JOYAUX DE LA PRINCESSE, DAVID LYNCH, MATMOS, MEGO, MERZBOW, MESSER FUR FRAU MULLER, MILLE PLATEAUX, MINIMAL TECHNO, MOON FAR AWAY, MOUSE ON MARS, EUGENIY MURZIN, N&B RESEARCH DIGEST, NINE INCH NAILS, OLE LUKKOYE, OVAL, PAN SONIC, ARVO PART, PLASTIKMAN, PORTISHEAD, RADIAN, STEVE REICH, TERRY RILEY, NICOLAS ROEG, SCANNER, ALFRED SCHNITTKE, ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, SONIG, SPECIES OF FISHES, SPIES BOYS, KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, LEV TERMEN, TEST DEPT, THEATRE OF POISON, THEREMIN, THRILL JOCKEY, TOO PURE, TOUCH
THEODOR BASTARD "VETVI" VINYL LP - RELEASE DATE: 28.10.2016
KROVJ S MOLOKOM
ARYAN MEMORY: MUSICAL TRADITIONS IN PAMIR
2CD + DVD + BOOK
(limited edition 1000 hand-numbered copies)
Distributed by Fulldozer Records
Kailas Records, Dolina Bartanga and FULLDOZER present a unique deluxe collector's editon of traditional Pamir music "Aryan Memory". The set comprises a 6-panel double DVD digipak holding two audio-CDs, a DVD and a 20-page full-colored booklet with information on musicians and conventional musical instruments of the Pamirs as well as a 100-page full-colored book in 14x25 cm format which describes the history of the Pamirs, beliefs and traditional ways of life of local residents (about 200 illustrations, texts are in both Russian and English). All components are packed in a bright-colored cardboard box.
The Pamirs territory, being an almost inaccessible region, has preserved to this day tokens of the most ancient human culture, symbols, music, worldview, which are at least several millennia old - the spiritual foundation that gave birth to the greatest European and Asian cultures. But it should be mentioned that Pamir music is relatively unresearched, there have been issued only about five CD recordings, of which only one or two were favored with positive responses from the indigenous population of the Pamirs, because the spirit of this ancient civilization completely dissolves in recording studios and stays alive only when the music is performed in traditional environment. This recording of traditional Pamir music, presented in the "Aryan Memory" edition, is one of a few in this list, that had captured musicians in a fully unconstrained state and where the impact of sound-recording equipment was kept to a minimum.
Particular attention should be given to the DVD, which is an integral part of the set. The film was shot both in the Pamirs in the River Bartang's Valley and at the Museum of musical instruments in Gurmindzh. It is an hour and a half long and it demonstrates the Pamir nature, it's ancient culture, dances and music and also exposes the psychology of the natives. There is no voice over or subtitles, the film relies mostly on meditative and trance-like perception.
The book contains a lot of photos of forbidden regions of the Pamirs which in the recent times have been absolutely inaccessible to foreigners and are hardly accessible even now. Today the natives belong to the world famous but still mysterious sect of Ismaelites. There are currently no books in Russian which could unravel the main ideas of the mystic Isma'iliyah doctrine in spite of the immense interest toward it. In the "Aryan Memory" edition it has been attempted to make a brief reconstruction, based on scarce and frequently very contradictory information, of the Ismaelite religious and philosophical system, and an organic linkage with ancient Aryan popular beliefs has been shown. Most importantly, this edition focuses on the revealing of the traditional values of this last and therefore unique remnant of the ancient Aryan culture.
The term "Aryan", which is used throughout the book, refers not only to Indo-Iranian or European nations; it could be applied to all the people who can feel their inner freedom. The word "Aryan" itself means "free", primarily concerning freedom from material world.
From a review of the "Aryan Memory" edition:
"Speaking formally, the "Dolina Bartanga" (River Bartang's Valley) project is the result of several years of expeditions to the Mountainous Badakhshan aimed at collection of musical folklore and information about it's inhabitants. But in the essence, it is something far beyond it. <...> This is not a strictly specific net result of ethnographic research, but a certain original expression of intuitions, insights and hopes of our time. It could also be said that we are faced with a premonition of a new worldview paradigm. <...> We need to gaze more often in the "mirrors" of ancient cultures, we need to be reminded that our current state is neither an "invariant" one (unalterable by any transformations), nor a "natural" one (reflecting our essence) but an acquired one. It was different someday and will be different in the future... <...> A change of worldview is a turning point in history, and a skilful influence on it launches an unprecedented in scale and consequences project of qualitative renewal of the society..."
Researcher, Institute of Adult Education of the Russian Academy of Education,
Head of the editorial department of the "Institute of Moralities" Public Association
Member of the Petrovskaya Academy of Science and Arts,
Member of the Russian Artist's Union
CD1. LYRICAL TRADITIONS:
"Be Parvo Falak"
"E Pari Shukhi Satamgar / Khumoran Asiri / Chand Kunam Tarif Choshmonati"
"Rapo (Take 2)"
CD2. EPIC TRADITIONS:
"Dargilak / Lalaik / Kel Falak"
"Mado Gushwarname" (Nasir-i Khusrav)
ARYAN MEMORY: MUSICAL TRADITIONS IN PAMIR (2CD + DVD + BOOK) - Kailas Records / Dolina Bartanga (Russia), 2007
A unique deluxe collector's editon of traditional Pamir music "Aryan Memory". The boxset comprises a 6-panel double DVD digipak holding two audio-CDs, a DVD and a 20-page full-colored booklet with information on musicians and conventional musical instruments of the Pamirs as well as a 100-page full-colored book in 14x25 cm format which describes the history of the Pamirs, beliefs and traditional ways of life of local residents. >>
THEODOR BASTARD. OIKOUMENE - Theo Records, 2012
New album of Theodor Bastard. The title refers to an ancient Greek notion, designating the inhabited or "civilized" sections of our planet, in other words those where mankind has left its mark - for better or worse. That global sweep is certainly echoed in the list of contributors, since our Russian artists are joined here by representatives of British, Zulu, Indian, and French-African traditions. Consequently, the list of instruments employed - and their home nations - is even longer. >>
COH. IIRON - Editions Mego (Austria), 2011
Coming 11 years after IRON, which also tackled the sound of rock with alarming results, the new album features not only recent guitar tracks recorded at Music Research Centre at York University, but also recordings made during Soviet era Russia, which refer to Pavlov's underground music activities in the early 80-ies. IIRON is a powerful, well executed electronic rock record, with just a dash a humour to keep it from becoming pompous, as so much of that kind of music can be sometimes. >>
PSYCHIC TV. THEMES - Cold Spring (UK), 2011
6CD box. For the first time, all "Themes" albums by Psychic TV released together, in a sumptuous, matt laminate, spot-varnished box set. The music itself was designed not only as soundtrack but also for subsequent use by Initiates of The Temple Ov Psychick Youth in their rituals as Functional music intended only to aid in the process of making things happen. It is a practical tool. Thee essential collection of rare, archive and modern PTV ritual / esoteric musick! >>
BAD SECTOR. TRANSPONDER - Infinite Fog Productions, 2011
Long-awaited, CD the version, one of the most interesting albums of Italian master Massimo Magrini! First time Transponder was released as CD-R on Blade Records in 99, now the album is again accessible, in a new format and with additional, exclusive compositions of that period - "Yst" and "Waal"! More than 60 minutes dark, deep, meditative, structured noise-ambient, in the best traditions of "Dolmen Factory" and "Ampos". >>
HYBRYDS. SOUNDTRACK FOR THE ANTWERP ZOO AQUARIUM - Zoharum (Poland), 2011
The reissue of a long-deleted classic album by this legendary Belgian project. It was created especially for the 150th anniversary of the Antwerp Zoo. Music composed by Sandy and Hermann (of Ah-Cama Sotz) was woven in between the sounds of dolphins, killer whales and the noise of the underwater world. The Zoo director wrote the following in the preface: "Soundtrack For The Antwerp Zoo Aquarium" is a musical journey of the similar stature as "20 000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Julius Verne. >>
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER. RETURNAL - Editions Mego (Austria), 2010
"Returnal" is the 4th album from Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never project, after "Betrayed In The Octagon" (Deception Island, 2007), "Zones Without People" (Arbor, 2009) and "Russian Mind" (No Fun, 2009). All 3 albums being superbly compiled on the "Rifts" double CD set (No Fun, 2009). It sees Lopatin fine tune his craft for creation of deep atmospheres and texture even further. >>
JAZKAMER. THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO JAZKAMER - Pica Disk (Norway), 2010
The final release in Jazkamer's 2010 series is a 4CD box-set. CD1: "Wind On Wednesday" (previously unreleased first album from 1998). CD2: "Compilation Tracks" (16 tracks selected from various compilations 2000-2007). CD3: "Vinyl On CD" (first CD version of the "Turntable Surface Fireball 2" LP; the "Knitter" 7", the Jazkamer sides of the Opec and Sandbleistift split LPs). CD4: "Live And More stuff" (live recordings from 2002 and 2010 + rarities). Booklet 1: 16 pages. Booklet 2: 20 pages. >>
TZOLK'IN. HAAB' - Ant-Zen (Germany), 2008
The musical project Tzolk'in is a collaboration between Empusae and Flint Glass - artists who are known in the fields of dark ambient, contemporary ritualistic tribal music and experimental electronica. This project is a conceptual creation inspired by Mayan mythology and the ancient Mayan astrological calendar of the same name. Tzolk'in can easily be viewed as an exotic soundtrack to the phantoms of a dead civilization. >>
MOUSE ON MARS,
THE HAFLER TRIO,
ANGEL (SCHNEIDER TM + ILPO VAISANEN),
MIKA VAINIO (PAN SONIC),
ANDREW LILES (NURSE WITH WOUND),
THE DAYS OF THE TRUMPET CALL,
AIDAN BAKER (NADJA),
SAMOYE BOLSHOYE PROSTOYE CHISLO,
NOISES OF RUSSIA,